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Chapter 4: Time Together: The Social Construction of Family Time

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Time Together: The Social Construction of Family Time
Time together: The social construction of family time
The Social Meanings of Family Time

“Family time” is now a central part of Western discourse when referring to family experience. Many images can be conjured up for family time. Some of these are traditional with nostalgic hues: the family vacation, meals together, the family working together, attendance at religious functions, or time together on special occasions, feasts, or holidays. Others are more contemporary and reflect an escalated pace of life in families: time together in the car on the way to dropping off members for their individual activities, discussions around the microwave as individual dinners are being warmed up, or a serial discussion that occurs during the commercials. Although it ...

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